Indian left-arm spinner, Kuldeep Yadav, has become a vital cog of India in the limited-overs format ever since he made his debut a few years ago. From bowling a stunning spell in his debut Test against Australia at Dharamsala in 2017 to becoming the first Indian bowler to register two ODI hat-tricks, Kuldeep has stamped his authority by now.
In a recent interview with Times of India, he opened up about how MS Dhoni and Virat Kohli supported him. “If you are young and your captain is backing you every time on the field and off the field as well, it gives you extra motivation to perform. Virat bhai supports me on and off the field. He supports me in tough situations as well. Virat bhai is someone who knows how a bowler feels,” Kuldeep Yadav said.
“He comes to you and guides you where to bowl. He will come, pat you on the back, guide you, gives you a solution and helps you take a wicket,” he shared.
However, Kuldeep Yadav praised Virat Kohli a lot and said he is ‘unmatchable’ be it his batting, fielding, or decision-making skill. But he certainly misses the presence of former India captain MS Dhoni behind the stumps who helped the youngster always in the game. Calling Dhoni as an ‘instant advisor’ Kuldeep revealed how the veteran used to help him with suggestions in the game.
“Whenever we stepped onto the field, Mahi bhai would come up with some instant advice. That (kind of) advice helped me a lot in my career. He is a great instant advisor. He is someone who doesn’t believe giving advice ahead of and after the game. He will analyse things and come up with instant advice on the field,” he added.
However, the youngster further added that he is grateful to play under the experienced seniors like Virat Kohli, MS Dhoni and Rohit Sharma.
“That’s what Virat bhai does as well. Mahi bhai is an instant advisor, Virat bhai is a great motivator. Apart from these two, Rohit bhai also guided me a lot on many occasions. I am really grateful that I am playing under seniors like Virat, Dhoni and Rohit,” Kuldeep Yadav concluded.